And just like that Denver says goodbye to the last remaining player who won the Super Bowl 50
The Denver Broncos are looking forward to the next NFL season. After trading in Russell Wilson last offseason, they had a terribly disappointing season. Now, they brought Sean Payton back from retirement to be their next head coach. And preparing for the next year, the Broncos are releasing kicker Brandon McManus.
After nine years with the Broncos, the kicker is going back to the free-agency market. Being part of the team since 2014, McManus was the last holdover player from the team that beat the Carolina Panthers in the Super Bowl 50.
“Brandon has been a key player and presence with the Broncos for nearly a decade, making outstanding contributions to our team and community,” General Manager George Paton said in a statement. “Developing into one of the NFL’s most productive kickers, Brandon made so many clutch kicks for this franchise over the years as a Super Bowl champion and team captain. He will always hold a special place in Denver Broncos’ history. We thank Brandon for all he did for the Broncos, and we wish him and his family the very best in the future.”
McManus, 31, announced he was being released on his social media accounts minutes before the official announcement from the Broncos. As he had passages in the Indianapolis Colts (2013) and in the New York Giants (2014), he never made it to the final 53-man roster. That means he spent his entire NFL career in Denver so far.
As mentioned, the kicker entered the NFL in 2013 as an undrafted free agent. After struggling in the practice squad for two offseasons, he finally made his debut for the Denver Broncos in 2014. During his nine seasons with the Broncos, he played 112 games, and kicked his longest field goal in 2021, for 61 yards. Besides winning the Super Bowl 50, these are his stats in the league from all ranges:
- Extra Points – 277/286 (96.8%)
- 1-19 yards – He never kicked a field goal from this range.
- 20-29 yards – 62/66 (93.9%)
- 30-39 yards – 60/65 (92.3%)
- 40-49 yards – 61/71 (85.9%)
- 50+ yards – 40/72 (55.5%)